An excavator yesterday was hard at work scraping the 3300 block of the west side of Kirby clean.
Bounded by West Main St. and Colquitt St. and Lake St. to the rear, this block was long the site of a Settegast-Kopf funeral home, but like that seemingly straitlaced great-aunt with the closet full of empty gin bottles, the staid mortuary and adjacent buildings descended into drink, spending their final years as taverns Roak, Hendricks Pub, and the OTC Patio Bar.
Here’s what the Kirby frontage looked like in both its sober and lush incarnations:
And now the building has been smote with the mighty hammer of Thor…Thor Equities, that is.
The demo is another phase in the New York real estate firm’s 7-coming-up-on-8-year-old plan to build the Kirby Collection, a gargantuan mixed-use project.
[NOTE: An earlier version of this post contained out-of-date renderings. These are the latest.]
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